KUALA LUMPUR: Chef Wan and his actress daughter are cooking up a storm, not in the kitchen, but on Instagram over her wedding that was said to have taken place in “Siam” (Thailand).
Both father and daughter gave their own version of the family drama in the days leading up to the nuptials.
The celebrity chef, whose full name is Datuk Redzuawan Ismail, said: “She insisted on getting married in the last two weeks before the fasting month.
“Then she said that she had gotten married in Siam. At that moment, my heart was struck by lightning.
“She then said she wanted to have another solemnisation ceremony at my house. I did not even reply to her, ” he wrote on Instagram on Friday evening.
On Friday, his daughter Serina uploaded a photo of her marriage on Instagram, saying that she had her father’s blessings.
Serina has two children, aged 10 and 11, from a previous marriage. She divorced in 2017 after a seven-year marriage.
As for her recent wedding, Chef Wan, 63, had earlier refused to pay for it and insisted that she hold a small-scale ceremony instead.
“I never prohibited her from getting married but doing so in Siam and only tell (me) after a while: do you think it is fitting for a daughter to act this way?” he asked.
“As a father, what both of them have done is most disappointing.”
However, he gave his best wishes to the couple.
“We can only pray for the best and ‘amin’ their solemnisation, ” he said, using the crying emoji.
Yesterday morning, Serina maintained that the ceremony did not take place in “Siam” but in Malaysia.
“I am shocked that papa claimed that we had gotten married in Siam, ” she said, adding that “the border is closed”.
She said that many people wanted to “influence papa and they want to see our family ruined”.
“I always respect my father and we never had any problem previously, ” she said.
Her husband had met Chef Wan and he gave his blessings to their relationship, she added.
“He even offered to have the ceremony and doa selamat at his restaurant.”
Serina also appealed to the public to respect her in-law’s family.
“They have feelings too. Lastly, pray that our marriage remain blissful for the rest of our lives, ” she added.
About two hours after Serina’s Instagram posting yesterday, Chef Wan sent out screenshots of his chat with Serina last week to show “proof” that he had wanted her to wait until October to have the wedding.
“When she said she held the solemnisation ceremony in Perlis, three or four other people texted me that actually she had gotten married in Siam. I was shocked, ” he said.
“That is why Rina should just be honest if she does not want others to slander her.
“You have my blessings Rina. Have a great marriage. I will always be happy for you.
“I need to move on with my life and you need to do so too.
“As a father, I have forgiven you both but I will never forget what you both have done to me.”